The physical act of setting clocks an hour ahead in the spring and an hour back in the fall can trigger your mind to remember some other things that are important for you to do twice a year.
Changing batteries in your smoke alarms is the first thing many people mention when they think of what to do at time changes. Some people simply check the batteries, rather than replacing them. Your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, if they are fairly new, have indicators that tell you when the batteries are low. But it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you do take the batteries out without checking to see if they are bad, you might toss them in a drawer to use for less life-altering devices like TV remotes.
Check your first aid kits. You should have a large one in your home and a smaller one in each of your vehicles. Items get used, especially bandages, throughout the year. Replace anything in your kit that has been used.
Check your medicine cabinet. If there are any medications that are expired, replace them. This is mainly important with prescriptions and over the counter medications. Shampoo and toothpaste can usually be used until they are gone.
If you do have expired prescriptions or over the counter drugs, dispose of them properly. Take them to a local drugstore during drug-take-back programs. Never throw old medications down the toilet or in the garbage, as these could expose others to residual medication.
Daylight savings time starting and ending are good times to have your car thoroughly checked. You will have more than two oil changes a year, but spring and fall are excellent times to have your mechanic check for leaks, check the brakes to make sure they are working, and rotate your tires, so that they wear evenly.
Bathrooms are an easy place to quickly acquire a lot of clutter. If a shower is involved, it can become even easier to make a mess on top of your lack of organization. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be like this, nor does the solution have to cost you an arm and a leg. Keep reading for handy bathroom organization tips that you can implement without breaking the budget.
Like all good organization goals, you need to start by getting rid of all the things you don’t need. Bathrooms are often filled with appliances, makeup, soap, and other things that haven’t been used in years. Don’t bother dusting them; just pick them up and throw them out.
If you’re a fan of literature in the bathroom, you can mount a convenient magazine rack to the wall. That way your magazines won’t end up cluttering the top of the tank, and you can use that new space for reading material.
Another great way to store things out of the way is with an over toilet space saver. Of all the handy bathroom organization tips out there, this one probably provides the most amount of extra space without taking up any needed room. It stands over your toilet and gives you 2 to 3 extra shelves. Just be sure you don’t take this new space as an invitation to add clutter.
Be sure to check the cabinets under your sink and add some extra shelving in if need be. That area tends to be a catchall for everything from extra towels to toilet bowl cleaner. Just because guests won’t see it doesn’t mean that it’s not adding unnecessary clutter to the mix.
While it might take some time, these and other handy bathroom organization tips are easy to implement and won’t cost you much in the long run. Best of all, your bathroom will be easier to keep clean and offer up more space.
Even though winter is definitely upon us, it’s never too late to get organized for the season. Keep reading for some simple tips for late winter organization, and you’ll be glad you did.
When it comes to late winter organization, most of the action will be in your garage. You probably have at least a shovel or two that could be hung up somewhere out of the way. But keep an eye out for spring, too. Now is a great time to put up a rack that can hang on to your winter shovels, any of the ones you need when the temperature drops, hoes, weed whackers, and everything else. This is an easy renovation that you can do on your own, and it will make spring cleaning that much easier.
With the holidays over, your decorations are probably down, but are they safely stored and out of the way? Take some time to stock up on bins and other containers that you can organize your decorations in until next year and, again, where they won’t be in the way. Of course, you can also make the decision to throw away some of the decorations that you know have seen their last year.
It might be helpful to put up some shelves right now, too. With all the items you keep in your garage, a couple of shelves can easily help keep everything better organized. Remember, too, that vermin and pests love clutter, and your garage is one of the most accessible areas of your home. By keeping things up off the floor, you give them one less place to hide.
Whether you want to take care of a current situation or you’re simply preparing for spring, it’s never too late for winter organization. Use the above tips to get some ideas on how you can get a better handle on all your things.